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Old 12-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #1
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Does anyone have a good source for clipart to DIY antler plaques?

I have a moose, elk and a bunch of deer piled up in a shed I would like to finish. Some were bow shot so I would like to use an arrowhead style for them. I have some on the wall I could copy but I am looking to change things up. I tried the goog but not getting much useful.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:49 AM   #2
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Not real sure I understand what you are looking for Sureshot , but you might check out Moscow Hide and Fur in Moscow Idaho.
www.hideandfur.com
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:53 AM   #3
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Just get some heavy paper, fold in half, draw one half, cut out, keep going to you get the shape you want. I use that method to make shaped parts for furniture.
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Old 12-27-2012, 07:34 AM   #4
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That is what we did. Used a shield pattern.

We had skull attached to antlers so we just squared them up on the bandsaw and mounted them to a little ledge that we cut to match the exposed bottom of the cranium.

Simple.

If son had shot saved we drilled holes in a pattern and pounded the shot into the holes.

We made about a dozen shields all at once out of 1x8 oak board.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:44 PM   #5
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I have made them with the half paper trick. I was hoping for something I can size on the computer then print, fold and cut.

I have an Elk to skull mount and the others are already cut.

I use the table saw and a box to square the. Set he box 1/2-3/4" off the blade then put the back of the antlers against the box and keep trimming until I get the angle I want. I then screww them to a small plaque and fill with a piece of wood and plaster paris. Then add quilt batt and cover with fabric. Some twisted rope trim to hide any edges.

Here is the one I just did for my daughter and her first deer. Not a good pic as it was in the house and the color doesn't show well.
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/56347875/Buck1.jpg

If you google "shield clip art" it gives some good ones. "arrowhead clipart" also gets some decent ones. I just know that somewhere out there a great site with some different ideas exists.

I would like to clean out the shed and mount the rest while in the mode.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:01 PM   #6
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To get ideas for plaque shapes, search places like Woodcraft, where they sell ready-to-finish wooden plaques.
You can get ideas for shapes you might like to make:

http://www.woodcrafter.com/plaquesandsignswooden.aspx
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[QUOTE=Sureshot;2783942]Does anyone have a good source for clipart to DIY antler plaques?

How about this
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I did this one 40 years ago
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